OriginOS is Vivo’s latest software release based on Android 11
Vivo’s primary UX skin has been FunTouch OS for a few years now, and the skin was recently rebased onto Android 11 for certain phones. Surprisingly, the company had even beat Google to launching the first phone with Android 11 with the launch of the Vivo V20. The UX skin is overdue for a refresh, and it’s getting one as Vivo has now released OriginOS, its latest software release based on Android 11.
Vivo’s OriginOS succeeds Funtouch OS and has been announced at the two-day Vivo 2020 Developer Conference held in China. There are a bunch of functional and visual changes in this new UX skin. For one, the homescreen is now arranged in a tidier “Klotski Grid” format that is said to be more efficient than the predecessor.
Users now also get “Nano Alerts” which are tiny popup widgets that provide context-based alerts such as details on upcoming flights, package delivery status, and more.
What further sets Nano Alerts, apart from their compact UI, is that they can also be displayed on the Always-On Display.
The retouching of how alerts are displayed also carries over to Public Alerts such as earthquake alerts and pandemic information, and these have been integrated into the UX in a more intuitive manner.
Beyond health and emergency alerts, the new UX also brings over weather elements as a Live Wallpaper. Vivo says that the shape, size, and density of the cloud layer is simulated after they sampled through data from thousands of different regions. The weather and even the moving speed of the clouds will vary across regions.
If you want to stick to your own wallpaper, OriginOS will give you an option to integrate different effects onto the wallpaper. The wallpaper that you choose can thus change its look by varying light and shadow effects.
And if you are still looking for more live wallpapers, there’s a new live wallpaper that captures the blooming process of several flowers.
Under the hood, OriginOS also packs in several changes. “Enhanced Memory Fusion Technology 1.0” uses a three-step process (memory integration, process optimization, and application pre-loading) to make for a better and smoother experience. “Multi-Turbo 5.0” allows for optimal allocation of computing resources, application preloading 2.0, intelligent app freezing technology 2.0, and more. While all of these sound good, it remains to be seen how they translate into observable, real-life improvements.
And finally, there is also a new pull-down menu for opening a Control Center for direct IoT control.
Vivo OriginOS Rollout Schedule
OriginOS based on Android 11 will roll out in batches for the following phones in China:
- Batch 0 (Shipping with Origin OS):
- Next-generation X series
- Batch 1 – First Open Beta in January 2021:
- Nex 3S
- Vivo X50 Pro
- Vivo X50 Pro+
- Vivo X50
- Vivo S7
- iQOO 5 Pro
- iQOO 5
- iQOO 3
- iQOO Pro
- iQOO Neo 3
- Batch 2 – First Open Beta in February 2021:
- Nex 3/Nex 3 5G
- iQOO Neo
- Vivo X30/X30 Pro
- iQOO Neo Snapdragon 855 Edition
- Batch 3 – First Open Beta in Q2 2021:
- Vivo X27 Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo X27 (8+128)
- Vivo S6
- Vivo Z6
- Vivo Z5i
- Vivo S1
- Vivo Z5x
- Vivo Z5
- iQOO Z1X
- iQOO Z1
- Nex Dual Display Edition
- Nex S
Exact dates have not been provided. Vivo has also not provided any information on when these updates will be reaching devices outside of China. We hope to hear more from them soon.
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